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Social Media & the NICU: Should You Friend Your NICU Nurse?

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It’s 2018, and social media is almost unavoidable. Facebook alone has over 1.94 billion monthly active users, as of March 2017, with five new profiles created each second. Now take into account that 76% of Facebook users are female.1 All of these statistics can come together to point to this:

NICU parents are going to want to friend their NICU nurses on Facebook.

NICU parents, particularly moms, spend day after day with the nurses who care for their babies, and friendships often form. When my twins were released in April of 2008, six months before I would even open a Facebook account, my NICU nurse and I exchanged phone numbers and email addresses. I sent her updates on the girls, and she sent Valentine’s Day cards and offered to babysit so my husband and I could have a night out.

It’s only natural that parents are going to want to continue the relationship beyond the NICU, and they want to keep in touch with you too! These days, Facebook is the most common way to do that. What we must remember, though, is that with Facebook, a good deal of our lives are on display: pages we’ve liked, articles we’ve shared, some groups to which we belong and with which we interact. Here are a few things to keep in mind when taking certain delicate relationships to the online level. [Continue reading]

Team Hand to Hold Featured Runners

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We are one month out from the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and Paramount 5K! We've assembled a team of over 40 runners to fundRACE for Team Hand to Hold. Today we're introducing some of those runners to you! Read all about who they are and why they … [Continue reading]

Reader Stories

Reader Stories, hand to hold, preemie stories, NICU stories

Every once in a while readers write in to share their stories with us. These readers open their hearts to share their hope, their reasons to celebrate, and sometimes even their heartache. Here are just a few of those stories. Hisham the Super … [Continue reading]

The Green Onesie

green onesie, NICU humor

In a landfill somewhere there is a pale green Calvin Klein onesie. But I'll get to that. Post-NICU, our 24-weeker was about nine months old, home with her dad and me. It was winter, and she had pneumonia. She was trached, on a ventilator with a … [Continue reading]

We Need to Change our Thinking About the Mom’s Role in Premature Birth Prevention

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I have been part of the premature birth community for nearly five years now since giving birth to my 26-weeker. I’ve talked with so many women who’ve experienced premature birth for a myriad of reasons, as well as women who are pregnant and hoping … [Continue reading]